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Old 02-17-07, 10:26 AM   #1
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Apple Macintosh G3 tossed over a 45-foot cliff

a few friends found an old Macintosh G3 computer, that one of the Emerson College computer labs was throwing out. Instead of sending the machine to the local scrap heap, they took it home, scavenged it for parts, and then did the only sensible thing a technology enthusiast could do--tossed the computer over a 45-foot cliff to test the G3's "impact resistance". Okay, this experiment is a little light on science, but it more than makes up for it with copious computer carnage.

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Old 02-17-07, 12:19 PM   #2
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Doesn't sound like any "technology enthusiast" I have ever met. Most people I know that call themsevles "technology enthusiast" would have figured out something oddly interesting to do with it. Must be the difference between mac and every other "technology enthusiast"

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Old 02-17-07, 01:18 PM   #4
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i'm a Mac (and everything else) enthusiast. I took an old Vintage '89 Mac SE/30, took it totally apart, sanded the case, painted the entire case a beautiful black color with clearcoat that rivals most car paint jobs, then re-assembled it, completely loaded with RAM (64MB, via eight 4MB 30-pin SIMMS) and Hard drive (20 GB total, via two 10,000 RPM Seagate Barracudas) and then I installed NetBSD (kind of like Linux) on it.

I took it to DefCon and played capture the flag with that as my main attack console (CTF is a game where one group of hackers set up computers specifically to be hacked and tries to keep people out, while another group of hackers tries to get into as many of the servers as possible).

Imagine the looks I got in 1998. People are showing up with high-end gamer rigs. Neon lights in cases are not a $10 commodity item but some of the people have them. Shiny systems armed to the teeth with elaborate airbrushed jolly rogers, biohazard logos, or camouflage paint schemes... and I walk up, plop a decade-old compact Mac onto the table, fire it up, and it's running some flavor of UNIX of all things.

I love old computers. It's a shame this one had to go the way it did.

To see my collection of old computers (including some Non-Mac, Non-PC systems you probably never knew existed), see my nerdy retro-computing Blog:

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Old 02-17-07, 01:33 PM   #5
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Now printers, I hate printers. I would have gone office space on a printer. No throwing it off a cliff, I would have beat the crap out of it.

Man I wish we would go paperless soon, printers just plain suck.
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Picture for reference in case someone hasnt seen office space ...good call.
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...they took it home, scavenged it for parts...
Yeah? And what did they toss the parts off of? You said it was a Macintosh, right?

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Shooting electronic garbage can also be fun. Here is my friend plugging away at his old DVD player.



And me doing the same. (Note the box which he still had it in for some reason)

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